I have like 200 flea bites on my legs. At least that is what I was told they were. What is the best remedy to cure the bites and to get rid of the itching?

Flea bites are caused by bites inflicted by wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera. The mouth parts of these insects are adapted to pierce the skin and suck blood. Once the flea pierces the skin, it injects saliva which contains anticoagulants, thereby preventing blood clotting. The fleas that infest human beings are cat flies, dog fleas, and human fleas.

The flea bites symptoms include itching, elevated rashes on the skin, and even hives. Some of the effective flea bites remedies are listed as follows:

  • First and foremost, you must keep the infected area clean. You should wash the flea infested area with cold water and an antiseptic soap solution.
  • The application of a cold pack or ice is effective in relieving flea bites rash. It also alleviates pain.
  • One of the effective flea bites remedies is the application of apple cider vinegar. You can apply a mixture of two parts of apple cider vinegar in one part water to relieve flea bites allergy.
  • One of the other useful flea bites remedies is the application of boiled lemon peel on the afflicted area. Boil lemon peel in water, allow it to cool, and saturate the affected area with the extract to relieve flea bites itching and irritation.
  • The application of baking soda on the affected area is also one of the effective flea bites remedies. You could use a paste made of water and baking soda to relieve flea bites pain and itching.
  • Other than these home remedies, you may also use essential oils to cure flea bites. You can apply tea tree, lavender and chamomile essential oils to cure flea bites. Do remember to dilute these oils with carrier oils like olive or coconut oil and apply on the infected area to relieve pain, irritation, rashes, and allergy. You could put a few drops of these oils in bath water or use these oils as cold compresses.

There are certain preventive measures to cure flea bites, some of which are listed below:

  • Do not use apple cider vinegar or lemon peel on the bite if the skin is torn. This might cause immense inflammation.
  • If you suffer from frequent flea bites, it is a good idea to employ the services of a professional exterminator to take care of the flea problem.

It would also be helpful to consult a doctor if the symptoms of flea bites do not disappear in a week's time.

answered by G M

It is quite easy to recognize a flea bite on a human being. The flea bite could be described as a small bump that is surrounded by a red halo, because every single bump appears to have a small perforation or a puncture right in the center of the bump. This puncture is caused by the piercing of the skin, by the flea. Fleas usually bite people on their lower legs and their waist, since that is where people normally wear tight clothing. Flea bites could cause tremendous discomfort to a person, leading to severe itchiness and some pain too. This condition causes people to seek faster means in treating flea bites. In fact, every person reacts to flea bites in different ways. Some people barely have any negative reactions, apart from the tiny red bumps. Children offer suffer from the most severe reactions, which could also include flea bites allergy. In case you are suffering from this problem, you need to undergo a proper treatment for flea bites, without any delay.

Treating Flea Bites

Fleas can jump up to 16 inches are spend a lot of time biting animals (especially domesticated pets) as well as people. Therefore, preventing a flea bite may not be possible, but treating flea bites is very much possible. However, there are certain remedies that can give you relief from flea bites itching. You could use any of the below mentioned remedies while treating flea bites.

  • Wash all the flea bites using an antiseptic soap or a lotion. While washing the bumps, make sure that you use cold water, since hot water usually stimulates itching.
  • Clean the area that is affected with flea bites, using a piece of cotton, that has been thoroughly dipped in tea tree oil
  • In order to reduce the itchiness, you could apply a hydrocortisone cream on the bumps. Before you use this remedy, do read the directions on the tube, for details on how often the cream can be applied.
  • Calamine lotion is a great way to soothe the itchiness that can be caused by flea bites. Apply the calamine lotion on the skin and leave it on till it dries off. Once the lotion dries off, it will form a cover over the flea bites.
  • Soak the affected area in an oatmeal bath, at a tepid temperature.
  • Ice pack is a great remedy to reduce the swelling caused by many conditions. It is also useful in making the area numb, which reduces the feeling of itchiness.
  • Oral antihistamines can also be taken to fight off the urge to itch.

answered by G M

Do you have a pet at home? Please maintain them with utmost care. Check out these for relief from flea bites:

  • Aloe vera gel application proves beneficial.
  • Take a rinse in a baking soda bath.
  • Apply organic apple cider vinegar.
  • Application of calamine lotion might be soothing.
  • Dab with milk of magnesia to calm irritated skin.
  • Apply emu oil, which is natural and soothing.

answered by r k

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